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The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing a basic starter kit of materials and a summer reading program manual to each library participating in the statewide program.

About the Program

Summer Reading Programs Reduce Summer Learning Loss

Each summer, public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs designed to promote, encourage and support reading. These programs help to mitigate the phenomenon known as the "summer slide" or summer learning loss.

Starter Kits for Libraries

The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing an iRead summer reading resource guide and purchase codes for summer reading materials to each library participating in the statewide program. At the conclusion of the summer reading program, participating libraries complete and submit a summer reading program report and evaluation. The information from evaluations helps the Alaska State Library meet federal grant requirements. 

2024 Summer Reading Program Registration 

Register for the 2024 Summer Reading Program through November 6, 2023. Contact Valarie Kingsland for more information.

Slogan & Themes

  • 2024: Read, Renew, Repeat
  • 2025: Level Up at Your Library

Resources from State Summer Reading 2023

A panel discussion sponsored by the Alaska State Library on activities for the 2023 Alaska Summer Reading Program. Presenters: Jamie Thill (Alaska State Library), Geri Denkewalter (Talkeetna Public Library), Cinda Nofziger (Homer Public Library), Sara Saxton (Wasilla Public Library), Kelsey Skrobis (Anchorage Public Library), and MJ Grande (Juneau Public Library). Recorded March 2023.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Learn more about SFSP

  • Alaska Libraries are partnering with this federally funded program to improve services for underserved children and low-income families.
  • SFSP provides free, nutritious meals to children age 18 or younger living in low-income areas or pockets of poverty when school is out.

Resources

Programming & Advocacy Resources

Additional Resources

  • iREAD Reading Program
  • Project Outcome

    The Project Outcome toolkit provides libraries with FREE access to quick and simple patron surveys, an easy-to-use Survey Portal to collect their outcomes, ready-made reports and visually interactive Data Dashboards for analyzing the data, and various resources to help move libraries from implementing surveys to taking action using the results.

  • Bedtime Math

    Fun activities designed to get children fired up about math.

  • Lunar and Planetary Institute: Family Space Days

    Activities that are out of this world!

  • National Summer Learning Association

    National non-profit organization focused on closing the achievement gap by investing in summer learning.

  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes

    Encourages parents to read aloud to their children for 15 minutes every day.

  • Youth Programming Goes Virtual-Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities and More

    A list of resources and examples for virtual youth programming from public libraries compiled by Erica Melko for WebJunction.

  • STARnet

    The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries nationwide through its Science‐Technology Activities and Resources Library Network (STAR Net)

Sponsor

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.